The 16U Selects were looking to continue their hot play into Nationals, after a great Provincials showing, as well as their tournament success in Oregon. They headed into the Western Canadian National Tournament just as they would for any other; focused and determined. However, one thing seemed different. The end of the season was imminent and their seemed to be an almost tangible sense of daunting stemming from that reality.

With heavy hearts the athletes fought hard through the first power pool, claiming 2nd after all was said and done. Day two brought some serious competition to the table. After playing every team tough, which included two teams that would finish in the top 8, the selects didn’t quite have it in the tank to make a repeat performance on day two. The athletes played well but unfortunately took 4th in the day two power pool. Monday saw the Selects head into competition looking to play their best and let results take care of themselves. Results were not in our favour however, and Monday morning, we made an early exit from the tournament. Finishing tied for 21st of 116 teams wasn’t the outcome the Selects were hoping for.

With heads held high we wished the advancing team luck heading forward and made our way to meet as a team for the last time this season. With tears flowing, the team supported one another through a difficult end to a wonderful season. The tears stemmed not from a tough loss however, it was the memories of the season that was were the catalyst. The athletes, coaches and parents simply did not want the season to end.

This group of athletes really pushed the definition of what a team is. They were more than a team. They were a family. This family worked together all season to accomplish team goals and develop together.

I couldn’t be any more proud.
Cheers,
J.B. McLean

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